With the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the F1 2020 calendar had to be heavily revised before any racing could take place this year. With many races either postponed or cancelled, F1 had to find a way to bring racing on track in the most safe way possible. Recently, two more races have been added to the initial eight-race calendar: Sochi and Mugello, extending the season till the 27th of September. But now, three more races are set to take place within the “European leg” of the calendar: Nürburgring, Portimao and Imola.
It has been recently communicated through various German media outlets that Hockenheimring, the track that was for the longest time set to host a race during the 2020 will ultimately not be able to welcome racing during 2020. The boss of Hockenheimring, Jorn Teske, admitted that in the end, despite trying to find a solution, it was not possible to organise a race at Hockenheimring. Despite this track dropping out of the calendar, there is still a possibility for a German GP this season: one at Nürburgring. The iconic track did not host an F1 race for the past 7 years. There are rumours about potential talks with the bosses of Nürburgring to bring racing back to the Green Hell.
The Algarve track in Portimao, Portugal, has never yet hosted a F1 GP, with the queen of motorsports racing exclusively at Estoril circuit between 1984 till 1996. So far the Algarve International track has hosted events from categories such as Le Mans series, GP2, Superleague Formula and Superbike.
The Imola track does not have to be introduced to potentially any F1 fan all over the world. The iconic circuit that hosted San Marino GP between 1981 till 2006 and an Italian GP in 1980 is set for a comeback as well. The track holds a lot of sentimental value for many, due to one of the most memorable and most tragic events that took place in F1 as a whole: the deaths of Roland Ratzenberger and Ayrton Senna during the 1994 San Marino GP. The Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport revealed earlier during the weeks that Michael Masi, the F1 race director was supposed to head to Imola for an inspection of the track ahead of the potential comeback.
There are also rumours about Silverstone potentially hosting a 3rd race, if Barcelona was unable to host the Spanish GP due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. So far thought, the Spanish GP is set to go ahead despite the restrictions being enforced again in Catalonia.